Sea Lavender, the highly-acclaimed play set during the 1689 Siege of Derry by Derry-born writer and theatre director Andy Hinds will premiere at The Playhouse in the Derry/Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October.
'A brilliant must-see.' IRISH NEWS
‘Highly recommended.' IRISH TIMES
Sea Lavender sees a Yorkshire cobbler awaiting execution after being captured trying to gain entry into the besieged city, while an embittered aristocrat, the cobbler's rival in love, dines alone in his stately home... As the men's stories unfold, the reality of the Siege, and the consequences of obsessive love swept up in the tide of history come vividly alive.
‘a torrent of beautifully imagined writing.' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
‘a lyrical evocation of the sustaining power of love' IRISH TIMES
Sea Lavender stars Stephen Hagan, best-known for his role as the scheming Ryan Hathaway in the BBC hit series The Cut. Raised in Greenisland in County Antrim, Stephen made an acclaimed West End debut in the hit TONY and Olivier-nominated play End of the Rainbow, playing Judy Garland's much younger 5th and final husband Mickey Deans. He has just completed a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company and has worked with such illustrious directors as Terry Johnson, Trevor Nunn, Greg Doran and Peter Stein during what has been a rapid rise to be seen as one of the most exciting young actors of his generation. ‘The immensely promising talent that is Stephen Hagan' New York Times.
Formerly the Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic, Andy Hinds is currently the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Ireland and has directed classic and modern texts at the Abbey, Gate, Druid, Glyndebourne, Wexford Opera, and Scottish Opera. His original plays include October Song (Orange Tree, Richmond - ‘wry, explosive and engrossing family drama', The Guardian), Crystal's House, Bloodties; and verse translations of Iphigenia in Aulis and The Oresteia Trilogy (‘naturalistic, crystal clear, yet full of poetic imagery', Irish Independent). His new book Acting Shakespeare is to be published by Oberon Books in Spring 2014.
A special one off performance of Hinds' new play ‘Morning and Afternoon' will also take place during the week long run on Saturday October 12 at 7pm.
Tickets for ‘Sea Lavender' from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October are £14/£10 (CLICK HERE TO BOOK) and tickets for ‘Morning and Afternoon' on Saturday October 12 at 7pm are £11/£8 (CLICK HERE TO BOOK).
Tickets for both shows can be bought at £20 and available at The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.
Photo Geraint Lewis